The Best Ski Resorts In Japan

With over 500 resorts and some of the world's finest powder and scenery, Japan is unquestionably one of the world's premier skiing and snowboarding destinations. Its northernmost and snowiest island of Hokkaido features world-beating resorts like Niseko, Kiroro and Rusutsu, all just a stone's throw away from the city of Sapporo, but other equally fascinating resorts can be found further south as well. The largest island of Honshu hosts the popular Nozawa Onsen, the beginner-friendly Kagura and Tsugaike Kogen, and perhaps Japan's best-kept ski secret, the back-country paradise of Tenjindaira.

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Furano Ski Resort (富良野スキー場, Furano Sukii-jō), also known as Furano Ski Area, is a resort in Furano, Hokkaido, Japan, owned and operated by Prince Hotels. One of the leading ski areas in Hokkaido, the resort became famous for its long-standing relationship with the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup. In more recent years, it has held the mid-February Snowboarding World Cup. via wikipedia. image credit: Wikipedia user E-190


Niseko (ニセコ町, Niseko-chō) is a town located in Abuta District, Shiribeshi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. To the Japanese people, Niseko principally refers to a mountain range and a municipal area. However, overseas the name has come to refer to a wider area of ski resorts encompassing Hokkaido's Mount Yōtei, often referred to as the "Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido", and Annupuri ranges. via Wikipedia

Kurodake Ski Resort is located in Daisetsuzan National Park, Hokkaido, Japan.

Shiga Kogen - Shiga Highlands (志賀高原 Shiga-kōgen) is a ski resort and hiking spot, located in the Jōshin'etsu-kōgen National Park in the highlands of Yamanouchi, Nagano, Japan. In 1980, an area of 13,000 ha was designated a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve. via Wikipedia
Shiga Kogen
Tenjindaira - Tanigawadake Tenjindaira Ski Resort is located in Jōshin'etsu-kōgen National Park in central Honshu, Japan.
Kagura Kagura Ski Resort is located near the town of Yuzawa in Niigate Prefecture on the Japanese island of Honshu.
Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort is located near the town of Otari in Nagano Prefecture on the island of Honshu, Japan.
Tsugaike Kogen
Zaō Onsen (蔵王温泉) is a famous hot spring area on Mount Zaō in the northern part of Honshū, the main island of Japan. via Wikipedia
Zao Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort (野沢温泉スキー場) is a skiing venue located in Nozawaonsen, Nagano, Japan. Nozawa Onsen Village is located at the foot of the ski resort, which spans across three main areas. The resort is a large ski area that opened over seventy years ago. Covering 297 hectares (730 acres), the southern part of the resort was used for biathlon competitions at the 1998 Winter Olympics. The Olympic venue consisted of two trails each 4 km (2.5 mi) in length along with a firing range consisting of 30 stations. via Wikipedia; image credit: Wikipedia user E-190
Nozawa Onsen
Rusutsu - The Rusutsu Resort (ルスツリゾート, Rusutsu Rizōto) is the largest resort in Hokkaidō, Japan, operated by Kamori Kankō. The resort is mostly famous for its ski slopes, but it also has an amusement park, golf courses and others. via Wikipedia; image credit: Wikipedia user E-190